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Shiraz in Shiraz: Why wine is integral to Persian culture

- IT IS easy to assume that Iran has never been a site of drunken revelries. Westerners imagine Iranians to be a homogenously pious and modest group, and so suppose that viticulture is wholly foreign to them... Yet suggesting that drinking is a quasi-blasphemous act obfuscates the fact that alcohol-and wine in particular-has been an inextricable part of Iranian culture and identity for millennia. Indeed, current estimates suggest that Iranians imbibe around 60m litres of alcohol a year despite the government crackdown. -Economist - 9/27/16

Iran's first online census gets into high gear

- Iranians have begun taking part in the country's first national online census, with one official saying general response on the first day was "unprecedented". Ashkan Shabbak, head of the supervisory committee on the census, told IRNA news agency on Sunday that he expected 35% of Iranians to fill out online version of the survey. Those who do not use the Internet will be surveyed in October. - 9/26/16

Defying prejudice, Islam's mystical, musical strain appeals to New Yorkers

- Every Thursday night, the music of a tanbour, a long-necked stringed instrument, resounds across the wooden floors of a Manhattan room, wrapped with warm Persian rugs. Barefoot men and women create circles and sway to the cadence of the melody. -Economist - 9/26/16

Persian Food Primer: 10 Essential Iranian Dishes

- A visit to Iran yields a stunning variety of culinary delights. Between the familiar kebab and the decidedly outré grilled lamb's testicles, there's a vast spectrum of foods: caviar, pickle, and smoked fish in the north; samosas, falafel and hot and sour shrimp in the south; noodles, flatbread and rosewater-scented ice cream across the country. -Louisa Shafia, Food Republic - 9/22/16

The Subtle Secrets Of Persian Home Kitchens

- It's a little strange to ponder how closely Naomi Duguid's cookbooks track with President Obama's foreign policy initiatives; those aren't typically two topics one discusses in the same breath... Today, as her new book Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan is released, the U.S. and Iran have signed a comprehensive nuclear deal and newly relaxed sanctions have sent waves of Western tourists to Tehran and beyond. -Roads and Kingdoms - 9/20/16

PHOTOS: The 4th "Art For Peace" Festival at Iranian Artists' Forum in Tehran

- The fourth term of "Art for Peace" Festival opened at Iranian Artist Forum on 15 September 2016. 140 artists are exhibiting their works in painting, photography, Sculpture, installation, video art, music and performance at various galleries of Iranian House of Artists. - 9/19/16

Tabriz carpet, conveying message of peace and friendship, to be unveiled at WCC 2016 in Isfahan

- The carpet being woven by Hamid Kazemnia under the auspices of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization will be unveiled at the 18th General Assembly of the World Crafts Council, which will be held in the city of Isfahan from September 24 to 27. - 9/18/16

PHOTOS: Mass Daf Performance In Sanandaj

- A thousand players of Daf musical instrument have performed together at 6th National Daf Festival in the city of Sanandaj for the first time in Iran's history. The group included thousands of men and women of various ages from Sanandaj, wearing traditional Kurdish clothes. - 9/17/16

Group Photo Exhibition in Berkeley, California: Iran Unveiled

- A unique photo project, curated by San Francisco local Mahya Jaberiansari, and co-curated by local artist Arash Shirinbab. The collection allows you to experience the country up close and personal, through the lens of 9 Iranian photographers residing in Iran and America. - 9/15/16

Farhad Fakhreddini, conductor of Iran'a National Orchestra, submits his resignation

- "Last year, I spent one of the best periods of my career and I had the honor to accompany a group of best musicians during several acclaimed performances. But concerning the orchestra, the officials did not address requirements, and all their efforts led it in a direction that I did not approve of, so I no longer felt it appropriate for me to continue working with the orchestra," noted Fakhreddini who founded the orchestra in 1998. - 9/9/16

Is the Islamic Republic embracing Iran's ancient past?

- Members of Iran's diaspora community tell the tale of Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali mounting a bulldozer in 1979 and attempting to destroy Persepolis. The story represents the Islamic Revolution as having brought to an end a renaissance in the preservation and appreciation of Iran's cultural heritage. It is undeniable, however, that today there is a political will in Iran for it to emerge stronger in the field of cultural heritage protection. -Sasan Aghlani, Al Monitor - 9/7/16

Dogs, Deepak Chopra, Instagram weddings and other signs of change among Iran's middle class

- Iran's theocracy -- whose top clerics still lead "Death to America" chants at Friday prayers -- has exercised strict control over public behavior since taking power in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But beneath the surface in this country of 80 million people, the hard-liners quietly are being challenged by a large urban middle class that has grown weary of religious strictures and more attuned to global trends. -Los Angeles Times - 9/6/16

Iranian dance group Aylan crowned at "World Folk 2016"

- Iran's Aylan Dance Group won the gold medal and honorary diploma at the World Championship of Folklore 'World Folk 2016' in Bulgaria, said the conductor of the group. Sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Bulgarian National Folklore Commission, the event hosted 1,200 musicians, singers and artists - 9/3/16

Mehregan 2016 Celebration in Santana Row, San Jose

- Santana Row, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC), will proudly celebrate the arrival of fall and the 2016 Persian Fall (Mehregan) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Park Valencia, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. There will be nationally-acclaimed Persian musicians and artistic performers free to the public. - 8/24/16

PHOTOS: 16th Mobarak International Puppet Theatre Festival opens in Tehran

- 16th Mobarak International Puppet Festival was inaugurated the evening of the first day of the last Iranian month of summer in the presence of the joyful children of Tehran, who had come with their parents to Vahdat Hall to celebrate the opening. - 8/23/16

Iranian Rap Music Flourishes Underground Despite Strict Religious Laws in Tehran

- Now, roughly six months after the U.S. lifted economic sanctions, young Iranians are euphoric about rejoining the rest of the world. But many are still frustrated with the lack of jobs and still resentful of laws that prohibit criticizing the government in public, smoking marijuana or even drinking alcohol. Despite these strict rules, or perhaps because of them, underground music is flourishing, especially hip-hop. -Newsweek - 8/16/16

Traditional Music genres of the Iranian World

- Music and songs transferred orally among various Iranian tribes and peoples is an invaluable inheritance which should be known in order to be properly preserved. Iranian local music also called regional music according to some sources include the music of micro-cultures classified under Iranian or Persian Culture. - 8/15/16

"World Youth Orchestra - Sounds for Iran" project performs first concert in Tehran

- The World Youth Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra performed their first joint concert in Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Wednesday August 10. Two more performances are scheduled on Thursday and Friday nights. These concerts are organized by the National Academy of St. Cecilia and the Sapienza University of Rome. - 8/11/16

Iran Eases Process For Adoptive and Foster Parenting

- The State Welfare Organization of Iran has facilitated the process for prospective foster or adoptive families, an official with the organization announced. The adoption and foster laws which dated back to some 44 years ago were revised and modified in 2013 and are going to be implemented in the near future - 8/11/16

Iranian Ritual Performer Aram Khalkhali Selected As Peace Ambassador Of MusicFestival Of Montignac

- Montignac festival was held from July 26 to July 31, 2016 in the town of Montignac, France. At the closing ceremony, Ms. Khalkhali delivered the Peace Message to the other groups and as the representative of the festival expressed the international great aspiration for Peace on Earth. - 8/7/16

Pokemon Go Banned In Iran, Due To "National Security Concerns"

- The Iranian regime apparently has little tolerance for virtual monsters. On Friday, Iran officially became the first nation to ban Pokemon Go, the dizzyingly popular mobile phone app game that has taken the world by storm in recent months. Some countries, like Indonesia, have placed partial bans on the use of Pokemon Go. -Mehdi Jedinia, VOA - 8/6/16

Inside Tehran: how Iran is changing, one year on from the landmark nuclear deal

- A report from one of the Iranian capital's poorest and most conservative areas, and a trip around a new shopping mall in the north of the city. -Dominic Waghorn, New Statesman - 8/4/16

Call for Submissions: 2017 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. - 8/1/16

53% of Iranians Are a Member of at Least One Social Media Platform

- According to Iran's head of Digital Media Development Center, 53% of Iranians are a member of at least one social media platform. "The average daily presence of Iranians on the internet is between 5 to 9 hours, while the global monthly average is 16 hours," claimed this Iranian official. -Hamed Jafari, Techsara - 8/1/16

Study Finds World's Tallest Are Dutch, Latvians

- Americans, once among the world's tallest people, have dropped from having men and women at 3rd and 4th in the global height rankings a 100 years earlier, to placing 37th and 42nd respectively in 2014. Iranian men have gained an average of 16.5 centimetres (cm) in height, and South Korean women 20.2 cm. -Reuters - 7/29/16

Pokemon Go hits Iran Like a Storm

- Pokemon Go took the world by surprise and Iranians also started playing the same day it was released in the US and Australia. Iranians are catching more Pokemons than you think. No, you read it right. Iranians are actually playing Pokemon Go even though it has not officially been launched in the country yet. -Alireza Jozi, Techrasa - 7/25/16

Newly literate Iranians to be awarded $40 each

- People who acquired literacy in the current school year (started September 23, 2015) will be awarded a total of 300 billion rials (nearly $8.5 million), Ali Baqerzadeh, director of the Literacy Movement Organization of Iran has said. - 7/21/16

Iranian musician composing opera on Nezami for Germany

- Iranian musician Nader Mashayekhi has been commissioned by the Berlin State Opera to compose an opera on Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE), the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic. - 7/12/16

Thousands Attend Funeral For Iranian Film Director Abbas Kiarostami

- Thousands of Iranians, including artists, intellectuals, and others have attended the funeral ceremony in Tehran of the country's top filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who died last week at the age of 76. Some at the memorial service held posters that said "First Welcome, Last Farewell" -- a reference to the lack of official attention he received in the Islamic republic. - 7/11/16

Photos: Hundreds Of Iranians Mourn Film Director Kiarostami

- Hundreds of Iranians attended a candlelit ceremony to mourn the death of film director Abbas Kiarostami, who died at the age of 76 after a career spanning more than four decades. President Hassan Rohani said on Twitter on July 5 that the director's "deep attitude toward life and invitation to peace and friendship" will be a "lasting achievement." - 7/6/16

Auteur Abbas Kiarostami, who gained global recognition for Iranian cinema, passes away at 76

- Speaking to the Guardian from Tehran, Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi said, "He wasn't just a filmmaker; he was a modern mystic, both in his cinema and his private life." He noted that Kiarostami's success empowered many generations of Iranian filmmakers and added, "He definitely paved ways for others and influenced a great many people. It's not just the world of cinema that has lost a great man; the whole world has lost someone really great." - 7/5/16

Babies Switched at Birth: Two families on emotional roller coaster over nurse's grave mistake

- On a popular show called Mah-e Asal that goes on air in Iran during the holy month of Ramadan, one true story went quite viral this year. Two families learned the hard way that their babies were switched at birth after passage of almost a year. - 7/4/16

San Francisco State University announces $5 million gift to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

- San Francisco State University has received a $5 million gift from alumna and Iranian-American philanthropist Neda Nobari to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (CIDS). This endowment establishes SF State as an academic pioneer in the field of Iranian diaspora research. - 6/22/16

WHO's Cancer Warning No Shock For 'Hot Tea'-Happy Iran

- The UN agency for cancer research wants everyone to cool it. A review of more than 1,000 studies indicated that drinking "very hot" beverages is "probably carcinogenic to humans," the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced on June 14. - 6/16/16

Iran film projects on Rumi revived as Hollywood reveals new project

- Some dormant movie projects about Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi in Iran have recently come into the spotlight once again after Hollywood cineastes David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown revealed their plan to make a biopic about the Persian poet and mystic. - 6/16/16

Collection of Persian music from 1970s released in Tehran

- "The Treasury of the Art of Iranian Music", a collection containing solo and duet performances of Persian music recorded in the early years of the 1970s, was introduced during a ceremony held at Tehran's Aryana Gallery. - 6/13/16

Iranian female duo gives a voice to ethnic minorities

- Naqsh Duo is a musical project that aims to bring Iran's forgotten ethnic musical voices into the international scene. -Al Jazeera - 6/13/16

Officials Seek to Confront Iran's Increasingly Popular "White Marriages"

- The increasing popularity of Iranian couples living together without getting officially married has alarmed officials of the Islamic Republic who question the morality of the practice and its impact on population growth demanded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. - 6/7/16

Tehran Symphony Orchestra gives first performance with new conductor

- The Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs its first concert with new conductor Shahrdad Rohani at Vahdat Hall on Wednesday night after the Vienna-based Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari resigned from the orchestra earlier in April. - 5/28/16

A Model Returns to Iran for a Stylish Trip Through Her Native Country

- Watching Leila Rahimi strike a pose in the gardens of Iran's oldest palaces and mansions, you would never suspect that 15 years had lapsed since the Iranian-American model and illustrator had visited her birth country. In her vibrant head wrap and flow-y tunic, she appeared right at home. -Vogue - 5/27/16

End of an Art Form? The Persian Rug May Not Be Long for This World

- For centuries, Iran's famed carpets have been produced by hand along the nomad trail in this region of high plains around the ancient city of Shiraz... But high-quality production of hand-woven carpets is no longer sustainable on the migration route of the nomads, said Hamid Zollanvari, one of Iran's biggest carpet makers and dealers. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 5/26/16

People of Iran

- When I talk about Iran, I should start with the people...they are amazing...it may turn out as a cliche`, but it will surprise you, even if you've heard it before. Simply because it touches your deep human need to meet good people and feel at home, even when you're away. -Altography by Alexander Nachev - 5/25/16

Drop in Iran's fertility rate frustrates official policy goal

- The head of Iran's census department has announced that despite the overhaul of population-control policies, the fertility rate in the country is on the decline. The report adds that gains of 4.25 percent in earlier years have suddenly declined to only 2.3 percent in the past year. - 5/16/16

Iconic Persian Composer Passes Away in Exile: Houshang Ostovar (1927-2016)

- The Persian composer Houshang Ostovar passed away in Paris. He was 89. On January 7th, 2015, the composer died of cancer but for unclear reasons, his wife, Farideh Behboud, waited 4 months to make an announcement, ISNA reported. - 5/10/16

Shahrdad Rohani appointed conductor of Tehran Symphony Orchestra

- Maestro Shahrdad Rohani, who has led some prestigious orchestras, including London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, took on a new role as conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. - 5/9/16

Heaven's Scent: On the trail of oud, from scriptures and souqs to the heart of the jungle

- I have known oud for as long as I can remember; it has been present in almost every aspect of my life. The scent was in every sitting I was in - at home, at the houses of my neighbours and relatives, and in every mosque. -Ali Al-Woozain, Reorient - 5/5/16

The subtle sophistication of Iran

- Helene Capgras, Director of Brain for Beauty and expert in the sociological study of cosmetics markets, has focused on this complex country with a strong identity through an overview study to better understand what Iran is today and how it relates to Beauty. -Premium Beauty News - 5/3/16

Iran Launches Undercover Morality Unit

- Iranian authorities have launched a new undercover police unit that will be tasked with monitoring citizens' morality in the Iranian capital and reporting transgressions to authorities. - 4/19/16

Want to Eat Like the Shahs? Check Out These 10 Mouthwatering Iranian Dishes

- We tapped chef Hoss Zaré, who melds traditional Iranian flavors with ideas from the Mediterranean at his San Francisco restaurant The Fly Trap, to guide us to the best dishes from his Iranian homeland. Look for them on a menu or a family dinner table near you. -Tamara Palmer, Bravo TV - 4/14/16

CHARSHANBEH SOURI: Never-Before-Released Works by Samin Baghcheban Out in Tehran

- "Chaharshanbeh-Souri," a collection of Persian pieces for choir and orchestra composed by Samin Baghcheban (1925-2008), was released in Tehran. The release coincided with the 8-year anniversary of the composer's death in exile. - 4/12/16

On the shoulder of giants in southwest Iran - in pictures

- Photographer Sabyl Ghoussoub always wanted to take pictures of the country, but he was't interested in veiled women, clerics or the underground scene in Tehran. The road less traveled led to Dezful -Guardian - 4/11/16

Spring streams through Persian poetry

- Spring has always been the focus of Persian poets in various historical periods of Persian poetry and no poet can be found in Persian literature, who does not make direct reference or allusion to the season, which begins with Norooz, the Iranian celebration of the New Year. - 4/5/16

A New Year brings A New Home for the New York Area Zoroastrian Community

- New York, March 26, 2016: Today, six hundred Zarathushtis (Zoroastrians), their friends and families from the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut came together to celebrate a once in a lifetime event - the opening of a Zoroastrian religious and cultural community center in Pomona, NY. - 4/3/16

Iranians retreat to nature for celebrate Sizdah Bedar tradition

- Iranians all over the country have celebrated the ancient tradition of Sizdah Bedar or the Nature's Day by spending some quality time with their loved ones out in the wilderness. The day, which is celebrated on the 13th day of the first Persian calendar month of Farvardin, usually falls on April 1 but in leap years, it coincides with April 2. - 4/2/16

Head of Tehran orchestra seeks administrative changes or he'll leave

- Ali Rahbari, the head of Tehran's Symphonic Orchestra, whose resignation was turned down by the Ministry of Culture and Guidance, says the orchestra needs an independent administration. - 4/2/16

Iranian American Organizations Host Norooz Reception In Washington, D.C.

- On March 17, 2016, ten Iranian American organizations came together to co-host the second community-wide annual Norooz (Iranian new year) reception in Washington, D.C. Among U.S. Government officials in attendance were Valerie Jarrett, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Leon Rodriguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security. - 4/1/16

The Zoroastrian Americans of the New York Tri-States Inugurates their Newly Built Cultural Community Center

- As the rising morning sun shone down to provide its soothing warmth, enlightening light and nurturing energy to the dedication of the newly built Arbab-Rustm Guiv Dar-e-Mehr Zoroastrian Temple (DMZT) in Pomona New York, the procession of the whitely attired Zoroastrian cloaked Magi, the Mobads, congregated from temples all over the world, entered the prayer hall to install and lit the fire in the alter. -Davood N. Rahni - 3/29/16

Iranian Kurds appear targeted for arrests during Norooz

- A number of Iranian Kurdish citizens have reportedly been arrested in various regions of Kurdistan province during Norooz festivities. Political activists had warned earlier of the increasing security-laden atmosphere in the province. - 3/27/16

Iran, 1970 - Or, Persian Pictures: Gabriele Basilico on the Road in Iran

- Torn white shirts, imbrued with caked blood and sweat. Raised fists pumping with vitriol, and the howls of underdogs piercing through concrete halls and cracked, blinding avenues. The memory of the sun during that long, hot autumn still weighed heavy on their minds, and their scorched brows and roughened hands wouldn't let them, those street-fighting men and women, forget it. -Reorient - 3/24/16

Iran hosts celebrations marking Norooz at UN in New York

- Iran has hosted an event at the United Nations to celebrate Norooz or the Persian New Year, with senior diplomats from the world body and a dozen Asian countries in attendance. Along with Iranians, millions of others in countries such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkey also celebrate Norooz. - 3/22/16

Obama's Norooz message for Iranians lauds economic potential

- The U.S. president issued a video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year to the Iranian people and all those who celebrate Norooz around the world, heralding better trade relations between the two countries. - 3/21/16

History did not exist, when Norooz did

- Norooz is the only festival that is still celebrated across the entire "Iranian World"; meaning the world that was once defined by the boundaries of the Iranian Empire and the land on which Iranian culture remains alive. The term "Iranian World" remaining from the late Iranian archaeologist Shahriar Adl refers to a geographical region that covers today's country of Iran as well as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and even parts of India and what was once known as the Ottoman Empire. -Roya Monajem - 3/19/16

"Rebirth"

- From time immemorial, Nowrouz has been regarded as the birthday of our Blue Planet Earth on this land Which together with the blooming white and pink blossoms, green grass and red poppies Once again passes over another year of human history on its bosom In the hope of a true rebirth -Roya Monajem - 3/18/16

Norooz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox

- The flower buds of yellow, violet, red and white crocuses of saffron bulbs, intermingled with the blossoming daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and the Persian violets, herald the arrival of Norooz. The Persian New Year, signaling the rebirth, rejuvenation and reconciliations, rightly occurring on the spring vernal equinox. -Davood N. Rahni, New York - 3/18/16

Iran's Jews on life inside Israel's 'enemy state': 'We feel secure and happy'

- Despite its often turbulent dealings with Israel, Iran has one of the world's largest and longest-established Jewish communities - and it's growing. Kim Sengupta reports from Tehran on their intriguing relationship with the country's establishment -Independent - 3/18/16

Over 200 Iranian artists to promote Norooz in 34 countries

- Iran's Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) plans to dispatch 216 artists, musicians, comedians and actors to about 34 countries across the globe to promote Norooz, the Iranian celebration of the New Year. - 3/16/16

Iran: Supreme Leader tries again to discourage New Year tradition

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has once again criticized Chaharshanbeh Suri festivities, saying they go against Islam's Sharia laws. On Monday March 14, one day before Chaharshanbeh Suri, Ayatollah Khamenei's website published a question put to him regarding the Chaharshanbeh Suri festivities, to which he replied: "Chaharshanbeh Suri has no basis in Sharia and it is recommended that it be avoided." - 3/16/16

Norooz in Orange County: Saturday March 26 at UC Irvine

- This year Farhang Foundation celebrates Nowruz in Orange County at our new home at the University of California, Irvine's Claire Trevor School of Arts on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 11:30 PM - 5:00 PM, join us for a full day of actives for the entire family - 3/13/16

Campaign encourages safe driving by Iranians during Norooz holidays

- Iranian officials report that road accidents add 100 people to the country's disabled population every day. The head of Iran's Red Crescent, Massoud Habibi, said on Thursday March 10: "Unfortunately, road accidents continue to claim 50 lives each day across the country and the number of road accident injuries is 16 times that number." - 3/11/16

The HAND Foundation Sponsors Various Norooz Persian New Year Events and Banners

- Today, the California-based HAND Foundation announced it will be underwriting local Bay Area events, such as Iranian Federated Women's Club Norooz 2016 event with Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese on Tuesday, March 15th and San Francisco City Hall's Norooz 1395 celebration hosted by Iranican.com on Friday, March 25th. - 3/10/16

Iran, Up Close, Though Far Away

- "A Journey Inside," is a documentary project on social issues in Iran. The stories the participants -- four men and four women from different parts of the country -- chose focused on the place of women in Iranian society, university students, drought and a disabled war veteran. The project lasted 14 months, including training and photographing under the supervision of Mr. Fatemi and Panos Pictures, with the assistance of Maryam Athari. -NY Times - 3/10/16

Norooz Celebration at San Francisco City Hall

- You're invited to the celebration of Norooz 1395 at the San Francisco City Hall hosted by Iranican on Friday, March 25th! Join us for an evening filled with cultural delights, music, dance, and celebrations - all from Iran's great heritagel - 3/7/16

NIAC's 6th Annual Norooz Day of Service: Saturday, March 12, 2016

- Join Iranian Americans nationwide in honoring the Iranian New Year (Norooz) tradition of beginning a good year through acts of kindness. During NIAC's 6th Annual Day of Service on Saturday, March 12, we look forward to reining in a wonderful new year by cleaning parks and beaches, serving food to those less fortunate than ourselves, and caring for the ill and elderly. - 3/6/16

Tehran's teens: Iran isn't what you think it is

- With their stylish clothes, effortless English and modish hair, the young people relaxing in this park in north Tehran would give New York or London hipsters a run for their money. "Life is very enjoyable for us," one young woman says. "We are friends, we go out with each other, and we laugh, we have fun. And that's it." -Mick Krever, CNN - 2/26/16

Branding Our Community: Norooz vs. Nowruz

- Iranian-Americans are a nascent diaspora, most of us having immigrated only in the past four decades. We are coming to our own, lifting our heads from the business grindstone and beginning to establish ourselves in other realms of diaspora influence and acceptance such as politics, philanthropy and culture. By doing so, we are promoting our beautiful arts and culture by sharing our rituals and festivals. The most uniting, revered and unanimous of these is Persian New Year or Norooz. -Noosheen Hashemi - 2/23/16
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